Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday Morning Theme Songs

Well, I took a look at some of the shows with some interesting theme songs from my childhood, and it occurred to me that I could do the same with some of the early programs I would watch, Saturday morning cartoons. As I was putting this together, I discovered some of them were not just morning programs, but began as prime time animated programs!


However, Underdog is a show that began as a Saturday morning morality play. It was Superman, with the good winning over evil, truth and justice and all that, only in a cartoon format, with a dog. And I remember really laughing at it! It started running in 1964.

Hoppity Hooper

The next show is so very interesting, as the theme song had both an abstract and a jazz feel to it, well beyond the grasp of the child watching. But I remember the song as being cool cause it was different. And the show, Hoppity Hooper, was great, because there was a talking frog! This show also began it's run in 1964.

The Jetsons

The Jetsons started running in 1962 as a prime time animation, and I loved every minute of it. The theme song started me laughing, and I didn't stop until it was over. When you think about it, it still influences pop culture, like when people still imitate Astro the Dog and say "Ruh Roh, George." Great stuff!

Bugs Bunny

For some time, Bugs Bunny anchored the broadcast network of Looney Tunes, a great cartoon block that included some of the greatest cartoons ever. But Bugs made his television debut in 1960, when he would headline the prime time program that showed the short films that appeared in the movie theaters, and he would tie them all together for the audience.

I hope they bring good memories for you, for they most certainly do for me.


  1. Howard, I'm sure you don't remember, but Underdog was one of my childhood heroes. This post was fun!

  2. Kyle, I didn't remember, but wonderful to know now!



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